OFFERING ALTERNATIVE HEALING
◆ Fredericks, who has completed a 50-page research paper on traditional medicine, wants traditional medicine to be integrated to the formal market. His research found that there are around 250 000 sangomas in the country.
◆ Nkanyezi was his first “thwasa” name and it means “bright star”. After a bad first initiation experience, he would later become an initiate to two white sangomas. According to his research, 70% of Western medicine contains traditional medicine extracts. His paper also unpacks the cosmology of the traditional healer’s universe. He also travelled to Botswana to redo his “thwasa” process in the Venda Shangaan tradition. His contemporaries in the traditional practice never questioned him because of his race.
◆ Rabi said: “We try to help with all diseases, but do not claim that we can heal (clients) from cancer and HIV, like many false doctors or sangomas do.”